I bet most of the girls, who read this post, have seen the movie “Eat, pray, love”. I have (of course) and I must say that since this moment my love for Bali has started. I am a bit ashamed to say that, but I didn’t even know that Bali is a part of Indonesia (shame, shame on me!). For me it was just BALI and nothing more. I loved it, not knowing anything about the place.
I really wanted to be like Julia Roberts in the movie – bicycle around Ubud, go to the fruit market, and then to a beach pub for a cocktail. I didn’t know that Ubud: a)is full of tourist, and b) is not even by the sea…
When I heard more about the place, I wanted to go there even more. I read and heard that it’s a beautiful small city, with many rice fields around, a monkey forest in the middle, and people from all over the world coming to see it. I said before that I don’t like crowded touristic places, but in Ubud it was somehow okay.
We got there on our motorbike on Sunday around noon and after being lost a few times, we finally found the main street and a beautiful hotel with a swimming pool. We got the room with the best Wifi (hehe, how else) and quite a big balcony to sit and relax in the evening.
The first day I spend in bed, because I was still sick from the sun. Keffie went for a walk around there and got some lunch. The day passed quite lazy, in the evening we went for a dinner and a beer, but we didn’t do anything more special than that.
Kevin read in our books about Indonesia that there are many nice areas to walk around Ubud. The next day after our arrival we tried one of the small tracks – 2 hours walking between the rice fields and small villages. It was so nice! We decided to take a walk also the next day; it’s a really great way to spend the morning, before the sun is high up in the sky and the heat is unbearable.
Tuesday, our 3rd day in this beautiful city, happened to be Kevin’s birthday (Happy birthday one more time baby!) and we wanted to do something special. We started the day with a visit in the monkey forest. I saw many monkeys before in Indonesia, but those ones there were different. Those little bastards want to steal everything from you, sometimes they just climb on your leg like you are nothing else but a tree and if they smell that you have food… good luck then! They will chase you until you give them your snacks. We tried to make friends, but I was a bit scared (they tried to steal Kevin’s mobile from me, probably thinking it’s a banana hehe, but it was quite a surprise for me when, while making a photo, suddenly I had two monkeys hanging on my leg and trying to reach my hands )
After the monkey forest we went on a walking tour around Ubud – we planned to be back fast, but we got lost a bit and ended up on a few hour track through villages and fields around.
Tired and dirty after the walk we jumped in our hotel’s swimming pool and then… “Let’s go for a massage” said Kevin. This was supposed to be another attraction during the day. We chose one salon close to our place and waited excited for the massage. OH MY GOD, the little Indonesian lady who was massaging me must have been trained by Bruce Lee or Sylvester Stallone. I have no idea how in those tiny little hands she could have such a power. I could feel every little part of my body brutally squeezed, hit, and smacked. I felt so sorry for Kev, as he was being massaged by a man.. I was sure that my body would be covered in bruises. After one hour we left this place, trying to walk to our hotel without moaning in pain. We planned dinner for the evening, but first we definitely needed a rest.
When we both felt better and our bodies were able to move again we went for a date to a very nice restaurant situated next to a big temple. We were lucky enough to sit quite close to the temple – every night there is a Balinese dance show and we could enjoy the music and the show for free hihi.
Café Lotus, oh, what a place! We knew it was going to be delicious, but what we got on our plates was better than our expectations. The best ravioli I have ever had, soft duck pate, and veggie lasagne for Kev – heaven on Earth. After the dinner we went for some drinks to a café and ended up dancing with strangers to reggae music. Ubud is really a great place!